Report Wed 17th Jan 07

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Report Wed 17th Jan 07

Post by Brad » Fri Jan 19, 2007 6:47 am

Spotted mackerel have been the topic of the week with plenty of anglers getting a few fish whilst soaking baits around prominent areas such as the bay islands, Rous Channel, Rainbow Channel, Pearl Channel and the artificial reefs. Berley seems to be the key to success with a continuous stream of finely sliced pilchards working well.

The channel between Peel and Goat islands has reportedly had a few spotties as well. These have occasionally been working the surface where they can be targeted with chrome slices and slugs. Anglers have reported spotties to over 80cm from this area.

Trolling spoons behind paravanes seems to be a good ploy in the deeper channels with anglers working along the edges being rewarded with both school and spotted mackerel.

I have had two reports of Spanish mackerel being caught in the bay over the last few weeks. There are always a few caught every year as they sometimes follow the schools of spotties into the bay. Even the occasional juvenile marlin is recorded with two caught last year. One was taken at the Curtain Artificial on a live bait and the other was caught near the Harry Atkinson on a chrome lure that was being trolled around the edge of a pelagic school (yes I have seen the photographic evidence with landmarks in the background).

The estuaries have received a caning over the last few weeks with plenty of anglers on holidays and limited days that you can get offshore.

A few snapper are still being caught on plastics at a host of spots throughout the bay. It was once thought that snapper were a winter option but plenty of anglers have proven that wrong since the plastics fishing craze started. Many anglers are also targeting them successfully on fly in recent years.

A few mud crabs have been caught throughout the estuarine systems with those anglers venturing to the least accessible areas being rewarded for their effort.

One exception is the Brisbane River where good mud crabs have been caught as far up as Milton. The area out the front of South Bank always produces quite a few good quality muddies for those setting pots along the edges of the prominent ledges.

Mangrove jack reports have been fairly abundant with bruisers as large as 63cm being caught in creeks throughout the area, mainly on live baits. Ningi Creek, Elimbah Creek, Glasshouse Mountain Creek, Eprapah Creek, Coomera River, Cabbage Tree Creek, Logan River and most canal developments have featured in jack reports. Estuary cod, trevally and flathead have also been caught in these systems as by catch by jack anglers.

A few decent flathead have been caught on plastics in Tingalpa and Lota creeks, with the largest reported a few centimetres shy of 80cm.

May your bait be nervous.

Gordon Macdonald
Tackle Warehouse
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